Annual Council Meeting

The 2020 ACM will be held at 10.30am on Sunday November 22nd by Zoom. 

Anyone wishing to attend will need to contact Martin Tickner for Zoom access information.


Return to Competition

As we are all aware competitive swimming cannot take place in the present unprecedented and challenging times and this is unlikely to change
in the foreseeable future.  Nationally, many clubs have  returned to training albeit with limited hours compared to pre-Covid, but others are at
various stages in their return for a variety of reasons. 

At Swim England a Swimming Leadership Group has been formed in order to formulate a way back to competitive swimming and to adapt
competition structures to accommodate the current situation. They have suggesteted a five stage approach:
Level 1 - Introducing competition into normal training
Level 2 - Informal racing activity (internal club time trials)
Level 3 - Semi-formal racing activity (so called Level X racing - the first step in a return to competition)
Level 4 - Licensed level 4 competition
Level 5 - Licensed level 1, 2 3, league and masters competitions

Levels 4 and 5 are many months away and are likely to look very different from what we have been used to in the past, but Levels 1 and 2 can
start now and Level 3 (Level X racing) will be available very soon; the concept is currently being tested by clubs from each region.

It is intended that Level X Racing will allow the registration of times gained during normal club training sessions onto a national ranking system that
will be separate from the "normal" rankings database. This will only be open to Category 2 swimmers.

What about 2021 county championships? the answer is "we don't know" but what has been decided is that they will not take place in the normal
"window" i.e. January to March. However they MAY take place up until 25th July 2021 except for the regional championships window and national
championship weeks, potentially with reduced events and reduced age groups - but no decisions have been taken on this yet at national level. 

The regional championships window is currently 15th March to 23rd May.

The British Swimming Championships are currently scheduled for week commencing 12th April.

The national qualifying window opens nominally on 8th March and closes on 9th May - if it opens at all.

The British Summer Championships are currently scheduled to start on 27th July, and the SE Summer Meet is scheduled for August 4th to 8th.


Clearly, these dates and the conditions attaching to these competitions depend on how COVID affects the nation over the coming months.


Turning to the situation in Cumbria:

- as everyone will be aware we had to cancel the 2020 Diddy League competition. 
- for the 2021 county championships/age groups we are unable to set a date, the programme, qualification times, etc. but we will endeavour to keep you updated.
- it will not be possible to hold our annual (pool based) "Winter Meet" in its current format in 2020 due to current restrictions. 
- the county secretary and meet organisers have attended Swim England meetings to understand forthcoming guidelines relating to competition.
- Cockermouth and Ulverston are taking part in the Youth Internet Swim League.
- the county exective and referees have met to discuss what opportunities we could make available to the clubs and swimmers during these challenging times. 

Our aims and ambitions are as follows:


Virtual ‘Cumbria Diddy League’ competition (to be run in November/December): 

This will take some ideas from Level X Racing and will be run over several weeks during clubs' individual training sessions, the results from each event/club will
be submitted to the Diddy League secretary to compile a final result for the competition.  

This will be a "one-off" competition to give swimmers something to work towards and to test the concept of competition; hopefully it will lead to something bigger
and better.


Clubs will be consulted over the coming days and will be given the opportunity to take part. Obviously, clubs will have its own unique circumstances regarding pool
availability and local restrictions and it will be for them to make the decision if they can/wish to participate.

We anticipate that Category 1 and Category 2 swimmers will be able to take part.

Further information will be provided as soon as possible.


Virtual ‘Cumbria Winter Meet’ (aim is to run this in January/February 2021):  
We are expecting that Level X Racing will commence soon and we hope to run a reduced Winter Meet programme early in 2021 utilising experience/knowledge 
gained from the Level X Racing initiative.

It is anticipated that events will be swum within clubs during individual training sessions and compiled onto an electronic online Cumbria rankings system (separate
from the national Level X Racing database) which would also be used to produce the final results of the competition.

Ideas are still being developed but again we anticipate that Category 1 and Category 2 swimmers will be able to take part.


Cumbria Open Water League (COWL):
Thanks to the initiative of Mark Newby the county held a very successful open water league this year in conjunction with Epic Events. This gave swimmers experience
in open water swimming and provided an element of competition which has been missing for most of the year and was probably one of the few opportunities that were 
available for competitive swimmers in the summer of 2020 ANYWHERE.   



Cumbria President

John Freestone (Copeland) was installed as the President of Cumbria ASA for 2020/21 at the county championships at Workington. 


... with immediate Past President Martin Tickner



British Swimming Referee Examination

Congratulations to Russell Parker who has passed the theory and practical elements of the BS referee exam.

Russ is now the 7th fully qualified referee in the county.


2019 National Inter County Teams results
Place Team Points
1. Swim Wales West 466
2. Worcestershire 446
3. Cambridgeshire 438
4. Leicestershire 436
5. Sussex 435
6. Hampshire 425
6. Dorset 425
8. Warwickshire 414
9. Gloucestershire 374
10. Hertfordshire 366
11. Norfolk 364
12. Staffordshire 347
13. Lincolnshire 311
14. Cumbria 296
15. Wiltshire 259
16. Bedfordshire 254
17. Cornwall 240

Full results at:


Swim England and other fees for 2020


Category 1 - £9.20

Category 2 - £27.75

Category 3 - £5.20


Regional Fee:   £50.00 per club    £6.00 per capita



Swim England North West  Long Service Award to Aquatics 2019 

At the Annual Council Meeting of SENW it was announced that the 2019 winner of the Long Service Award was Ian Powley of Penrith. Ian will now go forward to the Swim England National Awards event that will take place on 30th November at The Great Hall at the University of Birmingham.

The Swim England National Awards 2019 seeks to recognise the success of clubs and individuals throughout the country. Each of the eight Swim England regions select winners from nine awards categories, with the eight winners for each category forming the shortlist for the Swim England National Awards, with all regional winners invited to attend the ceremony in Birmingham.

Ian's abbreviated citation:

Ian got his first taste of swimming in Penrith, Cumbria at the old Frenchfield pool, on the river Eamont, aged 14, and swam competitively for many years at Penrith Swimming Club.

He has held many roles within Penrith Swimming Club and is currently President and Chairman. He still coaches three nights a week at the age of 79. 

In 2005/06 Ian was only the second Penrith man to be President of the Cumbria Amateur Swimming Association and is still a member of the county Executive Cmmittee. 


In 2002 he was awarded with a service cross for amassing more than 20 years’ service for the RLSS (Royal Lifesaving Society) having been heavily involved with Penrith Lifesaving Club until it disbanded.  


Annual Council Meeting of Swim England North West

At the Annual Council Meeting of Swim England North West held on Saturday 7th September 2019 Lesley Capstick (Kendal) was elected as the President of the region for 2019/20.


 Lesley (Fawkes - retiring President) and Lesley (Capstick - incoming President)


Also at the ACM, Mark Ralph (Barrow ASC) was elected to the Management Board of Swim England North West. 

Graham Pearson posthumous award

It has been announced that Graham Pearson has been posthumously named as the winner of the 2018 Cherriman Award. This is presented annually by the Home countries Masters Swimming Management Group to ‘the person or organisation who or which has done the most to promote and foster the cause of Masters swimming in Great Britain’. 

Follow this link for more details.

2018 National Inter County Teams results
Place Team Points
1. Cheshire 461
2. Nottinghamshire 444
2. Derbyshire 431
4. Shropshire 430
5. Sussex 423
6. Hampshire 417
7. Hertfordshire 408
8. Worcestershire 397
9. Gloucestershire 381
10. Norfolk 378
11. Warwickshire 376
12. Staffordshire 371
13. Cumbria 326
14. Wiltshire 297
15. Lincolnshire 283
16. Cornwall 275
17. Bedfordshire 210

Full results at:

Muriel Moffet (Carlisle Aquatics)


Muriel Moffet has decided to retire from officiating at Cumbria ASA competitions and 'called it a day' at the 2018 Cumbria Winter Meet. Muriel has been a British Swimming referee since the early 2000's. She was President of Cumbria ASA in 2011-2012. 

Although retiring from an officiating role Muriel will still be very much involved at Carlisle Aquatics, coaching, mentoring new officials and supporting her home club.

Thank you for many years of support and commitment.



2017 National Inter County Teams results
Place Team Points
1. Berkshire & S Buckinghamshire 498
2. Northamptonshire 457
2. Cambridgeshire 457
4. Swim Wales West 456.5
5. Derbyshire 431.5
6. Worcestershire 425
7. Hertfordshire 420
8. Warwickshire 405.5
9. Lincolnshire 348
10. Staffordshire 331.5
11. Wiltshire 321.5
12. Gloucestershire 306.5
13. Cumbria 301
14. Norfolk 293.5
15. Shropshire 283
16. Bedfordshire 272.5
17. Cornwall 256

Follow this link to the full results


2016 National Inter County Teams

Place Team Points
1. Scotland West 554
2. Dorset 527
3. Devon 490
4. Sussex 455
5. Worcestershire 445
6. Warwickshire 436
7. Staffordshire 385
8. Cumbria 376
9. Lincolnshire 372
10. Northamptonshire 366
11. Cambridgeshire 350
12. Norfolk 333
13. Wiltshire 309
14. Bedfordshire 266
15. Cornwall 263
16. Shropshire 236

Follow this link to the full results


Swim The Eden - bursaries

   The Eden Swim project was completed by brothers Jack, Calum and Robbie Hudson in August 2015 when they swam 90 miles down down the River Eden to raise funds in aid of the Swimming Trust.
  The swim took 9 days with the brothers swimming up to 12 miles a day. They clambered down waterfalls, over weirs and rocks to become the first people ever to swim the length of the river.

  The swim was in aid of the Swimming Trust who have been in discussion with the brothers and have decided that the best use for this income would be to focus it on improving swimming teaching in Cumbria. All the money will be put back into swimming through setting up a bursary scheme in Cumbria to help more swimming teachers gain their level 2 qualification.

The bursary scheme has been funded by £3000 from the 'Swim the Eden' project , £1000 from the Swimming Trust and £1000 from Cumbria ASA, which was launched on October 1st 2016. Further contributions may be made in the future. These funds will be 'ring fenced' by Cumbria ASA and will not be available for any purposes other than to assist the training of level 2 and above teachers/coaches. Details of the bursary scheme are available from Martin Tickner.

ASA Board statement regarding the hearing impaired
The ASA Sport Governing Board have agreed the following in relation to hearing impaired swimmers. 
Multi-classification events are only open to swimmers with an impairment which is included in the Paralympics i.e. classifications S1 to S14 inclusive. Classification S15 (Hearing Impairment) is not included in Paralympic Events.
Hearing impaired swimmers (S15) may compete in events if the meet conditions allow for S15 events.  Medals are to be awarded within this specific classification as these swimmers are not eligible to compete for medals in multi-classification events.
S15 does not have to be swum separately as the results can be extracted from the overall event.
Hearing impaired swimmers may compete in any able bodied event.  An appropriate starting signal should be agreed between the swimmer and the referee.






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